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Volume 7, Number 7 July 2008 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Fiction Shelf Self-Help Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Biography Shelf Business Shelf
Social Issues Shelf International Studies Shelf Psychology Shelf
Criminology Shelf Humor Shelf World History Shelf
Poetry Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Aviation Shelf
Travel Shelf Money/Finance Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Science Shelf Literary Shelf
Black Studies Shelf Parenting Shelf Music Shelf
Real Estate Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Sports Shelf
Language Studies Shelf Mythology/Folklore Shelf Islamic Studies Shelf
Political Science Shelf Economics Shelf Women's Studies Shelf
Antiques/Collectibles Shelf Metaphysical Studies Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf


Reviewer's Choice

Intel Center Terrorism Incident Reference (TIR)
IntelCenter
Tempest Publishing
PO Box 22572, Alexandria, VA 22304-9257
0966543785, $59.95, www.intelcenter.com

Afghanistan has been a tumultuous region in the past 10 years, and much of the blame lies on terrorist groups. "Intel Terrorism Incident Reference (TIR): Afghanistan 2000-2007" is a solid, complete and comprehensive guide to all of the terrorist incidents that have occurred in the first seven years of the new millennium. Listing each of the incidents in an easy to use reference format, "Intel Terrorism Incident Reference (TIR)" literally leaves no reported event out. A top pick for community library reference collections.


The Fiction Shelf

Blood on the Tartan
Chris Holmes
Highland Press
PO Box 2292, High Springs, Florida 32655
9780978713980, $12.49, www.highlandpress.org

Ian is torn between honor and love. "Blood on the Tartan" follows Catherine Ross, who organizes a resistance against her country's oppressors; but not all of the people tossing her countrymen from their homes are doing it with joy. Constable Ian McGregor looks and finds love in the woman he's suppose to be shoving to the side. Catherine soon finds she feels the same but something has to give. Can love conquer their conflict, or will it all end in tragedy? "Blood on the Tartan" is a well written historical romance, highly recommended for community library historical fiction and romance collections.

Careful Enough?
Dillon Forbes
Journey Forth
BJU Press, Greenville, SC 29614
9781591668350, $8.99, www.bjupress.com

In America, freedom of religion is taken for granted. In China, no such freedom exists. "Careful Enough?" is the story of Daniel and his family, who seek to establish a Christian Church in China, where evangelism is illegal. Faced with the law of man while trying to push God's word, Daniel's family must find a balance within their world of limited freedom. An intriguing novel of Christianity which will make American readers appreciate their religious liberty, "Careful Enough?" is a top pick for community library Christian Fiction collections.

In the Sweet By and By
Catherine Ritch Guess
CRM Books
PO Box 2124, Hendersonville, NC 28793
1933341203, $15.95, www.ciridmus.com

Sometimes things don't play out the way one wants. Sometimes they play out in ways one would never expect. "In the Sweet By and By: The Winsome Ways of Miz Eudora Rumph" is a humorous look at the misadventures of an old widow from the mountains in North Carolina. A hilarious read following Rumph and her elderly life, "In the Sweet By and By: The Winsome Ways of Miz Eudora Rumph" is wholeheartedly recommended for community library fiction collections with a focus on comedy, and for readers who just want a good old fashioned laugh.

Unlucky Lucky Days
Daniel Grandbois
BOA Editions Limited LTD
250 N. Goodman St., Suite 306, Rochester, NY 14607
Vilar Creative Agency (publicity)
3434 47th St. Suite 250, Boulder, CO 80301
9781934414101. $14.00, www.boaeditions.org

A story doesn't need a thousand words to entertain and enlighten. "Unlucky Lucky Days" is an anthology of over seventy pieces of flash fiction from skilled author Daniel Grandbois. His stories cover countless topics that are absurd, surreal, satirical, witty, and so much more. His skill as a writer is displayed well as he gets his messages across with brevity and zest. "Unlucky Lucky Days" is highly recommended for community library collections focusing on short fiction anthologies.

Boring
Zach Plague
Featherproof Books
Marketing Dept., 2758 West Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647
9780977199259, $14.95, www.marketingdept.org

Unique is sometimes not strong enough a word to describe a book. "Boring" is a novel from the perspective of the musical genre of Punk. With a strange yet accessible format throughout to tell its creative story of an art school couple dealing with their surrounding world of drugs, art terrorism, and sex. A brilliant work of satire, "Boring" is for any fan of fiction seeking something different.

Two Days in Tehran
Micheal J. Hunt
BeWrite Books
9781905202744, $15.99, www.bewrite.net

Starting your own adventure vacation company good idea. Wandering into Iran as it's about to experience a massive revolution bad idea. "Two Days in Tehran" follows Greg Alexander as he finds himself caught between two sides of the revolution, and may be facing a third side of hostility from the very crew he was guiding. His only goal is to escape with his life and his passengers' lives intact- a goal that's more trouble than it seems. An intriguing tale straight through, "Two Days in Tehran" is highly recommended for community library fiction collections.

Black October
Ralph L. Cates
Mystic Publishers
850 South Boulder Highway, Suite 436, Henderson, NV 89015
9781934051245, $24.99, www.mysticpublishers.com

Although a work of fiction, with names, characters, and incidents created by the author's imagination, "Black October" is a political, financial, thriller novel whose content could well be the stuff of near-future headlines. A political action adventure, "Black October" showcases author Ralph L. Cates' ability to craft drama laced with the complexity and originality of a master storyteller at the peak of his craft. Set against international political tensions, the struggle for domination of oil supplies, global terrorism, and the ruthlessness of the ideologically driven, "Black October" is a gripping, 736-page read that is unusually enhanced with the addition of a glossary of Arabic terms and names. This is the stuff of block-buster movies and nightmares about weapons of mass destruction.

Embrace the Rain
Michael Holloway Perronne
Chances Press
9780981718613, $13.95, www.chancespress.com

The lives of three families intertwine in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "Embrace the Rain" is the story of these families trying to rebuild their lives following the massive disaster. In addition to the trouble of rebuilding, a new family appears, Mexican American, bringing their culture into the community and causing rifts. The return of the expelled gay son of one of the families doesn't help things. A novel exploring traditional families dealing with radical change, "Embrace the Rain" is an intriguing read straight through, highly recommended for community library fiction collections.

Far in Noetrea
Ne Nifiri
Versantae
455 Route 306, #2651, Monsey, NY 10952
9780980145601, $19.95, www.versantae.com

Freedom when one has it, what does one do with it? "Far in Noetrea: A Novel and Exploration of Motives" is a look at a man who has made it. Financially secure, no worries to ever strike him, he has the freedom to do anything he could possibly want. But what would one really do with true freedom? He takes a long journey and on the way, discovers much about himself and the world around him. An original and enlightening novel which is as thought provoking as it's entertaining, "Far in Noetrea: A Novel and Exploration of Motives" is highly recommended for literary fiction collections.

In the Shadows of Chimney Rock
Rose Senehi
Ingalls Publishing Group
197 New Market Center #135, Boone, NC 28607
9781932158830, $15.95, www.ingallspublishinggroup.com

Hayden Taylor has to stand against big land developers while being stalked by her father's murderer and dealing with a retired football star. "In the Shadows of Chimney Rock" is her tale of these circumstances and trying to restore her town in the process. How much does it take to bring a down a woman assaulted from all sides? A finely written piece about its heroine facing overwhelming odds, "In the Shadows of Chimney Rock" is highly recommended for community library fiction collections.

Pandemonium in 2012
Lee Cross
Virginia City Publishing
PO Box 51389, Sparks, NV 89435
9780978759629, $13.95, www.bookimagineer.com

Power: so many want it, but so few want to do good with it. "Pandemonium in 2012" is a political thriller looking into the near future, a Washington controlled by the power hungry. The highest executive branches are in turmoil when both the vice president and president are found dead. Someone steps up to turn the country around, and that someone is Stuart Ramsey. Everyone should be happy, right? Not necessarily, as the plot only thickens in this riveting tale. "Pandemonium in 2012" is highly recommended for community library thriller collections.

On Another Note...
Joyce Koreman
Rosewalk Press
PO Box 223, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
9780615171630, $13.00, www.rosewalkpress.com

Daughter of an immigrant, her father a fallen soldier a common status for many young girls during World War II. "On Another Note... Mary's Story" follows Mary as she is forced to face off against that toughest opponent that we all face life. Her remaining parent has a nervous breakdown and she's forced to float between foster families before finding someone who could love her as a daughter and give her what all young children deserve. An emotionally testing tale about overcoming a dark childhood, "On Another Note... Mary's Story" is recommended for community library literary fiction collections as a fine period piece about life for the less privileged.

The Boy with Black Eyes
Brian Lucas
Panic Press
6985 Thornwood St. NW, Canton, OH 44718
9780981487908, $9.95, www.boywithblackeyes.com

The one their presence can do so much more for someone than that of a lover. "The Boy with Black Eyes" is a story of Brian, a gay college freshman who begins a relationship with a twenty-something young man known as Nathaniel. The result is an emotional hurricane that leaves Brian confused and conflicted. A no hold barred tale of romance and pain, "The Boy with Black Eyes" is a top pick for gay fiction enthusiasts and for community library collections catering to gay literature.

Resonance
AJ Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
3004 Laurel Creek Dr., Grapevine, TX 76051
9780979951008, $9.99, www.ajscudiere.com

Could a magnetic shift much like the one theorized to send the dinosaurs into extinction be around the corner? "Resonance: Earth is Overdue..." is a fictionalized doomsday scenario that follows Dr. Jordan Abellard and Dr. Jillian Brookwood. With few believing their claims, they are faced with the task of finding some way to save the human race from the same fate as their distant reptilian cousins. "Resonance: Earth is Overdue..." is an action packed thriller, highly recommended for community library collections.

Ten Sigmas
Paul Meiko
Fairwood Press
21528 104th Street Court East, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
9780978907860, $16.99, www.fairwoodpress.com

A collection of twelve fine science fiction tales, "Ten Sigmas & Other Unlikelihoods" is a deftly written anthology from author Paul Meiko, cited by Publisher's Weekly as a writer to watch. Filled with intriguing and interesting characters throughout, "Ten Sigmas & Other Unlikelihoods" is a top pick for anyone seeking a good science fiction short story collection and for community library collections. Also from Fairwood Press in the department of fine short fiction is "Where Angels Fear" (9780978907853, $18.99), by Ken Rand.

A Scholar's Vice
Allan J. Jones
Darkhail Publishing
PO Box 121, Fenton, MI 48430
9780979273001, $6.99, www.darkhail.com

A science experiment gone horribly wrong. "A Scholar's Vice" tells of Tyler and Trevor, identical twins in high school who switch lives to test the question of what makes someone successful environment or hard work and labor? The switch ends up getting deeper and more complicated than both could ever imagine; variables neither twin considered begin to come into play, while their initial question doesn't seem likely to be answered. " A Scholar's Vice" is an intriguing novel from first page to last, and a grade-A pick for community library fiction collections.

Black Gold Gray
Richard David Rosenblatt & George Michael Crall
Maximilian Books
1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 702, Washington, DC 20036
9781432719203, $15.95

Old age doesn't have to result in helplessness. "Black Gold Gray" follows a group of World War II veterans as they embark on a mission way past their prime to go into the most current modern conflict, found in Iraq. Their adventure takes them all over Europe and Northern Africa, in their goal to find out exactly why the United States invaded Iraq. "Black Gold Gray" is an old school, deftly written political thriller, highly recommended to fans of the genre and community library collections seeking their patronage.

That Damn Dialysis
Cindy Barclay
Claybar Publishing
Ascot Media Group
1120 Nasa Rd. 1, Suite 220, Nassau Bay, TX 77058
9780978791810, $19.95, www.claybarpublishing.com

No matter how successful one's life is, there is always the threat of disease. "That Damn Dialysis" follows Cledus B. Washington as his life goes from having everything he wanted to rock bottom after he discovers he is suffering from chronic kidney disease. Told with a light heart, "That Damn Dialysis" is a story many sufferers of the disease will relate to. Informing as it entertains, "That Damn Dialysis" is a top pick especially recommended for anyone with kidney disease, their loved ones, and for community library fiction collections.

In the Company of Whispers
Sallie Lowenstein
Lion Stone Books
4921 Aurora Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
9780965848671, $22.00, www.lionstonebooks.com

A strange blend of genres turns out an enjoyable cocktail. "In the Company of Whispers" draws upon the experience of Salle Lowenstein's travels in Burma, as she speaks of a family split by generations reflecting on their home and how it all binds them together, while a grandmother spreads her wisdom to her grandchildren bridging the gap between 1957 and 2047. "In the Company of Whispers" is a heartwarming tale of ancestry's bonds, highly recommended for community library fiction collections.

The Ninja Housewife
Deborah Hamlin
Langdon Street Press
c/o Mill City Press
212 N 3rd Avenue, Suite 570, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9780979912054, $15.95, www.langdonstreetpress.com

Life as a housewife, while not an entirely easy job, can become quite boring. "The Ninja Housewife" is the story of Sara Forbes and her tedious life. With no outlet for her creativity, she creates Sienna, a fictional alter ego. When her boss comes and begins to tempt her fashions, she has to resist his advances, lest her fantasy become reality which would destroy the reality. "The Ninja Housewife" is a light hearted story that many women will relate to, highly recommended for community library fiction collections.

Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley
Joan L. Kelly
Bezalel Books
PO Box 300427, Waterford, MI 48330
9780980048315, $7.49, www.BezalelBooks.com

When someone is unconscious in a field, only questions can come out of it. "Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley" is the story of Katie, who finds a teenager unconscious on her family's farm. She and her brothers and sisters try to help this stranger, all while wondering about the teenager's presence and what possible danger their goodwill could bring upon them. An intriguing tale, "Hiding the Stranger in Hickory Valley" is highly recommended for community library fiction collections.

Coyota
Martha Egan
Papalote Press
PO Box 32058, Santa Fe, NM 87594
9780975588130, $12.00, www.papalotepress.com

A friend is dead in a mysterious plane crash but could there be more to it? "Coyota" follows Nena Herrera-Casey as she copes with the death of one of her former students. This was bad enough, until she heard a conversation which made the term "accident" describing the student's death a questionable one at best. She is falsely set up on drug charges, and must face her fears as she flees through the desert. A gripping thriller all the way through, "Coyota" is highly recommended to fans of the genre, and for community library collections.

From the Dust
Ryshia Kennie
Black Lyon Publishing
PO Box 567, Baker City, OR 97814
9780979325267, $16.95, www.blacklyonpublishing.com

Life is hard and there's always someone out to make it harder. "From the Dust" follows Eva Edwards as she tries to run her farm and raise her adopted child. Tate Prescott Brown has come to her farm to claim what he believes is rightfully his the farm that Eva Edwards calls hers. A legal conflict ensues, as both try to do what they believe is the correct thing. "From the Dust" is a charming historical romance novel, highly recommended to fans and community library romance collections.

The Owl and the Hawk
John Errett
Free Enterprise Press
9780980192001, $19.95, www.theowlandthehawk.com

Islamic terrorists are a shame upon the world but what if one is a PO Box 511169, Punta Gorda, FL 33951
follower of Islam? "The Owl and the Hawk: An End to Terrorism" follows Alan Davis, an American billionaire who dedicates all his resources to the extermination of the fanatics, in the form of a group called ADALA. Written in the style of a high stakes summer blockbuster action movie, "The Owl and the Hawk: An End to Terrorism" is recommended to thriller fans and community library collections catering to the genre.


The Self-Help Shelf

Quantum Wellness
Kathy Freston
Weinstein Books
22 Cortlandt Street, 16th floor, New York, NY 10007
9781602860186, $23.95, www.weinsteinbooks.com

To be well is more than the absence of illness. "Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness", by New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston, is a comprehensive manual on the subject. With advice on how to eat a balanced diet, how to make even the most stressful job slightly less intimidating, and how to stay positive about one's body image, Quantum Wellness deals head-on with the problems that dwell in one's mind. "Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness" is highly recommended for community library self-help collections.

Soul Solitude
Rhoberta Shaler & G. Charles Andersen
Humana Center
619 S. Vulcan, Suite 102, Encinitas, CA 9204
0971168997, $16.96, www.humanacenter.com

With so much demanded of everyone in today's world, time to collect one's thoughts is a novelty few can afford. "Soul Solitude: Taking Time for Our Souls to Catch Up" is a guide to finding time for that novelty time to collect one's thoughts and become much happier with one's life. Seeking to help readers break though the glass ceiling that impedes so many, "Soul Solitude" is a fine handbook for anyone at the end of their rope. Recommended for community library self-help collections.

The Wealth Manifesto
Mark T. Rafter
New Knowledge Press
10556 Combie Rd., Ste 6360, Auburn, CA 95602
9780979668203, $17.95, www.thewealthmanifesto.com

There is more to wealth than having a lot of money, claims "The Wealth Manifesto: Transforming Your Life from Survive to Thrive". Part money-making guide and part guide to making more of one's life to be wealthy in all aspects including friendship and love, "The Wealth Manifesto" states that anyone can thrive in life. "The Wealth Manifesto: Transforming Your Life from Survive to Thrive" is a top pick for community library self-help collections and for anyone who seeks more than one type of wealth.

The EFT Manual
Gary Craig
Energy Psychology Press
www.energypsychologypress.com
9781604150308, $14.95

EFT stands for 'Emotional Freedom Techniques' and specific techniques that therapists, physicians, ministers, counselors, social workers, and members of other healing professions can employ to alleviate emotional distress and the dysfunctions that arise from that distress in both body and mind. Beginning with an extensive introduction offering sage and sound advice on using the information and examples comprising the text, "The EFT Manual" goes into what can be expected from the application of EFT, the basic science underlying EFT principles and techniques, tips on applying EFT, a series of nineteen illustrative case histories applying EFT to a variety of issues from a fear of public speaking, to alcoholism, to lower back pain, to a fear of elevators, and more. "The EFT Manual" continues with informed discussions on common impediments to the use of EFT including 'psychological reversal' and collarbone breathing problems. Of special note is the chapter focusing specifically on shortcuts in the application of EFT. Enhanced with three extended and extended appendices, "The EFT Manual" is a complete introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques and a highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and academic library Health & Psychology reference collections.

There Is Only You Beholding You
Thomas A Leenerts & Berta Stella Canton
Mill City Press
212 Third Avenue North, Suite 570, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781934248843, $15.95, www.millcitypress.net

"There Is Only You Beholding You: A Spiritual Journey of Never Ending Invitations" is a guide for readers to find themselves, with help from or in spite of religious or societal standards. The sense of peace that many yearn for is independent of all that, and can only be attained through one's own mind. Author and man of the world Thomas A Leenerts imparts the wisdom of how to do this to his readers in "There Is Only You Beholding You: A Spiritual Journey of Never Ending Invitations". Highly recommended.

Equality
Tim Kellis
Gilgamesh Publishing
15015 Michelangelo Blvd., #2-203m Delray Beach, FL 33446
9780979984808, $39.00, www.happyrelationships.com

With over half of American marriages ending in divorce, successful marriage seems more of a fantasy than reality. "Equality: The Quest for Happy Marriage" is a guide from someone who has experienced marriage much like everyone else in the world by simply doing it. Giving tips on how to improve one's marriage and retain both participants' happiness, harmony, and health, "Equality" is a seminal guide to anyone who wants to make sure their marriage will work. A top pick for community library relationship collections.


The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Dobie The Canine Saint
Paul Greenbaum
Healing from the Heart Publishing
916 SE 70th Avenue, Portland, OR 97215
9780979648380, $13.95, www.c60creative.com

The link between dog and owner is a strong one, with great spiritual benefits. "Dobie: The Canine Saint" tells a story of Dobie, a dog who the author found on the brink of death. A terrified pooch, Dobie was slow to trust her new owner. But with persistence and love, she began her road to recover and healing, and her owner Paul Greenbaum found himself happier with his life. A touching tale of the link between pet and master, "Dobie: The Canine Saint" is a must for dog lovers and community library pet and wildlife collections.

Saturday Dogs
Susan Overfield
Muddy Creek Publishing
251 Gordon Rd, Vaughn, MT 59487
9780980219951, $16.95, www.overfieldkennel.com

Dogs training their owners isn't it supposed to be the other way around? "Saturday Dogs... and the Owners They Trained" is a story of how failed training can end up with this result. Telling tales of how the owners and their dogs came to be in this position, "Saturday Dogs" recommends how owners and dogs can reshape their relationship into what it should be that of a person and his loving and trusting companion. "Saturday Dogs... and the Owners They Trained" is a top pick for community library pet collections and for dog lovers in general.

Working Sheep Dogs
Tully Williams
Land Links
150 Oxford Street, PO Box 1139, Collingwood, VIC 3066
9780643093430, $43.00, www.landlinks.com

Man's best friend can also be one of man's best workers. "Working Sheep Dogs: A Practical Guide to Breeding, Training, and Handling" is a comprehensive handbook to raising and training one's sheep dogs to serve their tasks. Covering every aspect of raising and educating a dog in terms that one doesn't need to be a veterinarian to understand, "Working Sheep Dogs" is a seminal book on the subject. A deftly composed and highly recommended pick for community library pet and wildlife collections.

Canine Behavior
Barbara Handelman
Woof and Word Press
24 Bullock Road, Norwich, VT 05055
9780976511823, $49.95, www.woofandwordpress.com

Dog and canine lovers are in for a treat if they pick up "Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook". Featuring one thousand photos covering everything from common dogs to wolves, foxes, and coyotes, "Canine Behavior" is complete and comprehensive in its coverage of canine species. Alongside the black and white photography are examinations of canine behavior with tips for dog owners peppered throughout. "Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook" is a must have for any dog person and for community library pets/wildlife collections.

Horse
J. Edward Chamberlin
Blue Bridge
c/o United Tribes Media
240 West 35th Street, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001
Mergyl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc.
255 West 108 Street, Suite 9D1, New York, NY 10025
9781933346137, $13.95, www.bluebridgebooks.com

The only creatures to appear more often in historical artwork than horses are humans. "Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations" is the tale of this beast of burden and how it has shaped the cultural evolution of humanity through the ages, whether through practical use or as a source of inspiration. Veterans of war, stars of rodeos and races, Horses have always been and still are a massive part of society. "Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations" is a deftly written look at the creature, a top pick for horse fans and community library collections dedicated to pets and wildlife.

Chloe Anne - Force of Nature
Valerie Oblath
Three C's Publishing LLC
63 Bovet Rd., Suite 335, San Mateo, CA 94402
The Sayles Organization (publicity)
22647 Ventura Blvd., #219, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
9780980062328, $17.00 www.chloeanneforceofnature.com

Chloe Anne - Force of Nature is the endearing true-life story of the self-assured, well-fed, and thoroughly beloved pet cat Chloe Anne, told directly from Chloe's point of view. She has no qualms about expressing her feline feelings to author and de facto cat mother Valerie Oblath. The result is an engaging chronicle of Chloe Anne's adventures, including imprisonment in the Big House, her inquisitive exploration of the washing machine, her encounters with ducks, and much more. An episodic delight to read in quick bursts, or all at once (perhaps while one's own purring pet demands obligatory lap time), Chloe Anne - Force of Nature is highly recommended for cat lovers everywhere.


The Biography Shelf

And the Beat Goes On...
Leroy A. Battle
Cozy Harbor
4689 Sands Road, Harwood, Maryland 20776-9428
9780965592550, $22.95

The Tuskegee Airmen were radical pioneers in their time; despite their heroic actions, they were considered lesser men because of their race. "And the Beat Goes On... Remembrances of a Cosmopolite" is the story of one Leroy A. Battle, who reflects on his life growing up in a world where the majority of people hated him just for existing with a darker skin tone. His tale recounts joining the legendary military unit and his dutiful service, for which he received the Congressional Gold Medal. "And the Beat Goes On... Remembrances of a Cosmopolite" is highly recommended for any autobiography collection.

A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York
Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
Roaring Forties Press
1053 Santa Fe Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94706
0976670607, $19.95, www.roaringfortiespress.com

The first half of the twentieth century was filled with constant change and development; it was an exciting time to be alive. "A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York" is a focus on the woman herself, but a bigger focus on the city she lived in and its constant change through two world wars, a great depression, and so much more events. Filled with countless photos, both color and black and white, "A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York" is a seminal look at the woman and the city, sure to please fans of her work and New Yorkers alike. "A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York" is highly recommended for community library biography collections and students of the history and culture of New York City.

Darkness to Sunlight
Zaid Abdul-Aziz
Sunlight Publishing
PO Box 75184, Seattle, Washington 98175-0184
Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists (publicity)
2100 Kramer Lane, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78758
0977886107, $22.95, www.darknesstosunlight.com

Having the size and skill to succeed never guarantees one will. "Darkness to Sunlight: The Life-Changing Journey of Zaid Abdul-Aziz" is the story of a man who formerly went by the name of Don Smith. It follows his life from a fledgling kid in Brooklyn to the NBA Hall of Fame, and recounts all of the racial, professional, and spiritual obstacles he overcame along the way, all to become the legend that he is known as today. "Darkness to Sunlight: The Life-Changing Journey of Zaid Abdul-Aziz" is highly recommended for community library biography collections.

Poverty and Promise
Cindi Brown
Just One Voice
15852 W. Desert Mirage Drive, Surprise, AZ 85379
9780980062007, $18.95, www.justonevoice.org

It takes a special type of person to volunteer to do something for another with no compensation. "Poverty and Promise: One Volunteer's Experience of Kenya" follows Cindi Brown as she speaks about her days as a volunteer in rural Kenya, where many of the luxuries taken for granted by Americans are simply unheard of. A touching story filled with little triumphs over great adversity, "Poverty and Promise: One Volunteer's Experience of Kenya" is highly recommended for community library memoir and biography collections.

I Miss My Dad...
Eric Tomei
Flagstone Circle Publishing
1802 Flagstone Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
9780981514307, $15.00, www.lostdadsclub.com

The death of a close father can be a truly devastating moment in one's life. "I Miss My Dad..." is a collection of reflections on author Eric Tomei's recent passing of his father, who he viewed as so much more than half of the reason for his existence. His words are encouragement for other men who have lost the father they held dear. "I Miss My Dad..." is a top pick for any grieving son, and for community library memoir collections.

Off Kilter
Linda C. Wisniewski
Pearlsong Press
PO Box 58065, Nashville, TN 37205
1597190128, $18.95, www.pearlsong.com

Scoliosis was the least of her problems. "Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, & Her Polish Heritage" is the story of a woman's truly American life. She must deal with an abusive father, an apathetic mother, and the rigid stiffness of the Catholic Church. Only when she accepts her affliction, her family, and her heritage does she find a life she can live with it all in this compelling memoir. "Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, & Her Polish Heritage" is highly recommended for community library memoir collections.

My Angels are Come
Art Stump
Clumsy Ducks Publishing
4600 South Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46614
9780979311109, $24.95, www.clumsyducks.com

Most memoirs of battles against cancer are stories of overcoming the odds. "My Angels Are Come: A Deeply Personal Journal of Cancer Survival" is not one of those stories. Seeking to give readers a highly personal look into the mind of someone who discovers their cancer, "My Angels Are Come" walks the reader through the fear of death and the hopelessness of the afflicted. Covering every step of the process and every aspect of the author's feelings, "My Angels Are Come" is the closest thing to experiencing cancer a reader will ever want to personally encounter. Highly recommended for community library memoir collections.

Senior Days
Colleen Nicol
Long Lake Press
c/o Nicol Ink
13518 L Street, Omaha, NE 68137
9780979489600, $14.95, www.longlakepress.com

Age can do a lot of things to people including making them very grumpy. "Senior Days: Insightful Tales and No-Nonsense Help from the Frontlines of Eldercare" is a collection of anecdotes from the author about her days serving as a senior care expert and the insanity and sadness that serves as an occupational hazard. With stories of over ninety year old sex machines, miracles of sight, and other tales, "Senior Days" rarely has a dull moment. A top pick for community library memoir collections.

Blueberry Summers
Curtiss Anderson
Borealis Books
345 Kellogg Bouelevard West, Saint Paul, MI, 55102-1906
9780873516082, $19.95, www.borealisbooks.org

It takes a special type of person to embrace an adopted child as if they were one's own. "Blueberry Summers: Growing up at the Lake" is author Curtiss Anderson's reminiscence of his family life as he grew up in 1940s Minnesota. Focusing on the coming of age stories that riddle all of our lives and turn us into the people that we are today, and serving as a memorial to his adoptive parents, "Blueberry Summers: Growing up at the Lake" is a top pick for those seeking to look back at a childhood much like their own and for community library memoir collections.

Stories from Berkeley
Nathan Spooner
Nathan B. Spooner & Family Publishing Company
935 Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA 93433
9780970169815, $16.95, www.nbspublish.com

The era of the 60s and 70s and a different perspective - "Stories from Berkeley" is the story of Nathan Spooner and his life in those decades, doing little odd jobs and encountering all sorts of people as he wandered up and down the west coast from Southern California to Alaska. Part memoir, part social history of the western coast of the nation, "Stories from Berkeley" is recommended to all who want insight into what the 60s were really like and for community library memoir collections.

Marooned
Graham Mackintosh
Baja Detour Press
PO Box 1982, Lemon Grove, CA 91946
0962610925, $16.95, www.grahammackintosh.com

Two months alone on an island is something that sounds like a TV plot with unwilling participants. "Marooned: With Very Little Beer" is Graham Mackintosh's tale of his willing stay "roughing it" at a deserted place known as Guardian Angel Island, off the coast of Baja California. His story is one of getting in touch with nature, history, geology, and most importantly, getting to know himself. Written in a witty yet informative and enlightening manner, "Marooned: With Very Little Beer" is a top pick for community library memoir collections and for anyone who wants a tale of true adventure.


The Business Shelf

Edge!
Bea Fields & Corey Blake
Writers of the Round Table Press
8 Sparrow Lane, York, ME 03909
9780981454542, $19.95, www.press.writersoftheroundtable.com

Aesop's Fables were stories that, although fictional, carried an important lesson. "Edge! A Leadership Story" looks to follow that pattern as it presents the story of CEO Mitchell James. How he recovers from certain economic disaster is a tale sure to entertain and inform. "Edge!" effectively teaches the reader how to deal with management and leadership problems in today's world of business. A deft combination of fiction and business education, "Edge!" is highly recommended for community library business and fiction collections alike.

Deadlines and Duct Tape
Thomas A. Tinsley
Megahn-Kiffer Press
310 East Fern Street Suite G, Tampa, FL 33604
9780929652436, $24.95, www.mkpress.com

Duct tape it can hold anything together, but should never be the final solution to a problem. "Deadlines and Duct Tape: A Manifesto for Business Managers to Understand and Direct IT" is a guide for managers of information technology companies following the main wisdom that while sometimes a duct tape style solution is a good idea for the short term, it should never be left for the long term. A complete and comprehensive guide to short-term problem solving, "Deadlines and Duct Tape: A Manifesto for Business Managers to Understand and Direct IT" is a top pick for any manager and for community library business collections. Also from Megahn-Kiffer Press is "The Greatest Innovation Since the Assembly Line: Powerful Strategies for Business Agility" (9780929652399, $24.95) by Michael Hugos, another book that should be required reading for managers.

The Connected and Committed Leader
Laura Lopez
Living Leadership Press
PO Box 30259, Houston, TX 77249-0259
Perspective Marketing (publicity)
12436 FM 1960 West Suite #200, Houston, TX 77065
9780979867309, $18.95, www.livingleadershippress.com

Leadership is a quality sought after everywhere, and "The Connected and Committed Leader: Lessons from Home, Results at Work" exhorts that it's a quality that can be brought forth out of anyone, and should be practiced from the home. Stating that there are myths about good leaders that often set people down on the wrong path, and that empathy is the cornerstone of any relationship between the leader and the lead, "The Connected and Committed Leader: Lessons from Home, Results at Work" is a top pick for anyone who wants to take charge at work or at home, and for community library business collections.

Fortune & Freedom
Jim Hirshfield
Millenium Ventures Press
2760 76th Ave SE Suite 508, Mercer Island, WA 98040
9780979812705, $18.95, www.fortuneandfreedomthebook.com

True Freedom is never having to answer to anyone even one's own boss. "Fortune & Freedom: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Success" is a complete and comprehensive handbook for aspiring entrepreneurs who seek this true freedom, one where there is no boss man breathing down their neck. With tips on getting oneself in the right mindset to own and run a business, and cultivating the negotiation skills to make it successful, "Fortune & Freedom" covers all aspects of starting one's own business including when signs indicate that one should cut and run. "Fortune & Freedom: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Success" should be considered by any who wish to be self-employed, and for community library business collections.

If I Was Going There I Wouldn't Start from Here
Jim Plouffe
Keep Doing It Publishing
c/o Interactive Media Publishing
PO Box 1407 111 E. 1st St. Phoenix, OR 97535
9781934332092, $29.95, www.keepdoingit.com

Not every business is destined to become a multimillion dollar enterprise. "If I Was Going There I Wouldn't Start From Here: Street Smart Wisdom to Help Small Business Owners Survive" is a business guide focusing on the practicality of survival, and the necessary wisdom to keep one's business thriving even if one isn't destined for millions. With plenty of ideas to make this concept a reality, "If I Was Going There I Wouldn't Start from Here" is a complete and comprehensive manual, sure to help small business owners. A top pick for community library business collections.

Win Win Win
Brian D. Molitor
Authentic
1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80821
B&B Media Group
109 South Main Street, Corsicana, TX 75110
9781934068052, $16.99, www.authenticbooks.com

Win/Win there's no downside to that, but could it go further? "Win Win Win: Organizational Success Through the Power of Agreement" is a management strategy that encourages more victories, no matter how small, to increase their morale and productivity by spreading the benefits throughout their company and not just its top. Stating that a company's success can only increase the more winners there are in each deal, "Win Win Win: Organizational Success Through the Power of Agreement" is a seminal and refreshing management guidebook, and highly recommended for community library business collections.

Disregarded
Jack H. Bender
Inner Work Publications
9182 Bluff Lake Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
9780977827275, $13.95, www.inner-work.com

The workplace is a roller coaster of emotion with highs and lows just like anything else. "Disregarded: Transforming the School and Workplace Through Deep Respect and Courage" combines the prose of fiction with the knowledge and wisdom of a business book. Looking at the human side and how to deal with cut throat business tactics, bureaucracy, and the natural conflict that arises in day to day life of humanity, "Disregarded: Transforming the School and Workplace Through Deep Respect and Courage" is highly recommended for community library business collections.


The Social Issues Shelf

Choosing Honor
Mary T. Ficalora
Avail Press
26500 West Agoura Road, Suite 102-354, Calabasas, CA 91302
9780979935909, $22.95, www.availpress.com

To live with honor and to resist corruption is something most find harder to do day by day. "Choosing Honor: An American Woman's Search for God, Family, and Country in an Age of Corruption" is author Mary Ficalora's own personal quest to resist the temptations of the modern world. Stating that most people, while not being perfectly good, are not necessarily corrupted by the world, "Choosing Honor" proffers an optimistic view that the world is still moral. A healthy dose of philosophy from a Christian perspective is mixed in, making for a fine treatise on clarity, right makes might, war, politics, and many other topics. Highly recommended for community library social issues collections.

The Next Logical Step
H. Ramachandran M.A.
Ram Publications
105 North Hall Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478
9788190587921, $6.00, 281-242-9306

The essay has been a powerful tool promoting social, political, and cultural changes from the founding of America down to the present day. H. Ramachandran presents twelve informed and informative essays in the 92-page edition of "The Next Logical Step". Although originally composed some 30 to 40 years ago, these essays deal with what the American nation faces today including involvement in unnecessary wars, global warming, famine, food, energy shortages, global terrorism, and ethnic cleansing. Articulate, challenging, alarming, inspiring, provocative, iconoclastic, these essays deserve as wide a readership as possible among the general public, as well as and social, political, and cultural activists and scholars in particular.


The International Studies Shelf

Tragedy in South Lebanon
Cathy Sultan
Scarletta Press
10 S. 5th Street #1105, Minneapolis, MN 55402
9780979824913, $16.95, www.scarlettapress.com

Lebanon has not been the most peaceful place in recent decades. "Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006" is the story of the citizens of Lebanon, residents of a region in constant turmoil, with a focus on the conflicts in 2006. Pointing fingers at the policies of the Lebanese government, Israel, and the United States, "Tragedy in South Lebanon" touches on the political aspect but remains focused on the personal stories of the soldiers, mothers, and other common people who were affected most by all the conflict. "Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006" is highly recommended for community library International Studies collections.


The Psychology Shelf

The Complete Psychological Writings of Mark Pettinelli
Mark Pettinelli
Privately Published
9780615215600, $12.95

An anthology of essays on the subject of psychology, "The Complete Psychological Writings of Mark Pettinelli" is a collection offering fresh views on the topics of emotion, happiness, confidence, logic, existence, spirituality, and more. Pettinelli's opinions and ideas are sure to inform and educate readers. "The Complete Psychological Writings of Mark Pettinelli" is highly recommended for community library psychology collections.

In Full Bloom
Ilchi Lee & Jessie Jones
Best Life Media
6560 Highway 179, Ste. 114, Sedona, AZ 86351
9780979938849, $18.95, www.infullbloombook.com

A senior moment forgetting something that should be obvious. Is it inevitable or can the mental decay of age be avoided? "In Full Bloom: A Brain Education Guide for Successful Aging" looks at the brain and how it ages, revealing that the loss of brain function as one gets older does not have to be the destiny of all seniors. Encouraging a program to keep one's brain in tip top shape much like one would work a muscle, "In Full Bloom" is a seminal guide for anyone getting up there and fearing losing their mind. Especially recommended for community library health collections.


The Criminology Shelf

Art of Darkness
Sara K. Schneider
Cuneiform Books
PO Box 412456, Chicago, IL 60641
9780979309304, $21.00, www.cuneiformbooks.com

Deception is not strictly the avenue of the criminal. "Art of Darkness: Ingenious Performances by Undercover Operators, Con Men, and Others" is a look at the many uses of deception and how it has been applied on any and all sides of the law. Gathering complex tales of how these disguises have been used to track down con men and how con men have swindled thousands of dollars and made their form of crime something to be viewed as an art form, "Art of Darkness" is an intriguing piece of nonfiction all the way through. "Art of Darkness: Ingenious Performances by Undercover Operators, Con Men, and Others" is highly recommended for community library true crime collections.


The Humor Shelf

God is a Woman
Ian Coburn
Privately Published
0978797957, $16.95

The dating game, a game that (almost) everyone plays at one time or another, is filled with its own dangers and pitfalls, all for the same reward. "God is a Woman" is a humorous dive into this world, offering insights and wisdom in response to the countless rhetorical questions that everyone asks. Filled with hilarious anecdotes, "God is a Woman" is a great gift for anyone hacking through the jungle that is being a bachelor or bachelorette. Highly recommended for community library humor collections.

The Rapture for Big Sinners
Ian Philips & Felix Rumpus
Reverse Rapture Books
c/o Suspect Thoughts Press
2215-R Market Street, #544, San Francisco, CA 94114-1612
9780978902322, $12.95, www.reverserapturebooks.com

The Rapture is when the faithful will rise to heaven. But what about the rest of us? "The Rapture for Big Sinners: Things to Do Before & After the Righteous Life Off" is a book of humor cleverly masquerading as an instruction guide for those who won't be rising to heaven post-apocalypse. With chapters on topics such as where the best real estate will be found after the angelic have moved on, and advice to those of other faiths, "The Rapture for Big Sinners: Things to Do Before & After the Righteous Lift Off" is a hilariously gut busting book, ideal for anyone who can laugh at religion or at themselves.

When Pacino's Hot, I'm Hot
Robert Levin
The Drill Press
9780615187655, $10.00, www.thedrillpress.com

From pondering about the universe itself to poop jokes this is the range of humor that author Robert Levin brings in his short story collection, "When Pacino's Hot, I'm Hot: A Miscellany of Stories & Commentary". With about a dozen funny bone poking short stories and commentaries, Levin looks at the world from the way it should be looked at with an eye that cannot take anything too seriously. "When Pacino's Hot, I'm Hot: A Miscellany of Stories & Commentary" is highly recommended for community library short story collections with a focus on humor and for short story enthusiasts in general.

The Truth
Barbara Becker Holstein
Enchanted Self Press
170 Morris Ave., Long Branch, NJ, 07740
Michelle Blackley (publicity)
PO Box 1237, Lockport, NY 14095-1237
9780979895203, $6.95, www.enchantedself.com

Little Miss know-it-all a label that can describe many a teenage girl. "The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart, and I Know Everything" is a charming look at the mind of a young girl how they think, how they view the world, and how they think the world should be. A look back from the future for many women so that they can laugh at how stupid or how wise they once were, "The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart, and I Know Everything" is a top pick for community library humor collections.


The World History Shelf

The King and Mrs. Simpson
Erin Frances Schulz
WS Beetle & Company
732 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
9780979178306, $13.95, www.wsbeetle.com

It's something right out of a fairy tale a powerful monarch tossing aside his crown for love. "The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of a Commoner Who Captured the Heart of a King" is the reality of this true story that happened seventy years ago. Though the events really did happen, the approach treats them like a story out of a romance novel, choosing the avenue of creative nonfiction and using it well. Drawn from the couple's letters and documents, "The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of a Commoner Who Captured the Heart of a King" is sure to please those who like their history with a little flair, and a must for community library creative nonfiction collections.

Resistance on a Bicycle
Dirk Van Leenen
Winword Publishing House
News & Experts (publicity)
1127 Grove Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
9781585889617, $27.99, www.winwordpublishing.com

Too often the tale of the Netherlands in World War II is left untold, when it is an enthralling story indeed. "Resistance on a Bicycle" is a look at Holland's stand against Nazi Germany in World War II, including their efforts against their wrongful genocide of the millions. Telling of countless other forgotten contributions from Holland in the second great war, "Resistance on a Bicycle" is a seminal addition to personal, academic, and community library 20th Century European History and Holocaust Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.


The Poetry Shelf

Primera Pagina
Latino Writers Collective
Scapegoat Press
PO Box 410962, Kansas City, MO 64141
9780979129117, $16.95

Fourteen voices with fourteen pens joined together as a single united face of Latino writers in "Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland". The fourteen writers range from first time poets to tenured authors who have written in many venues. The topics are just as varied, ranging from political opinion to love. "Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections with a focus on the Latino community. "La Reina of Chocolate Covered Cherries": Times many/ I made you cry/ because/ I wouldn't learn/ to make/ tortillas// womanhood/ measured/ by number of times/ you/ burn/ your fingertips/ on the comal.

Poems from God's Dancer
Tamara Robinson
The Vineyard Book Publishers
PO Box 478, Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
9780977380565, $12.00, www.thevineyard-books.com

Religion has been one of the great inspirations throughout history, and "Poems from God's Dancer: From Suffering to Victory" is no different. Author Tamara Robinson tells of her relationship with God, the feelings she receives from Him, her family, and her love for all of those around her. Vivid and inspirational poetry, "Poems from God's Dancer: From Suffering to Victory" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections and patrons of them.

Living Things
Matt Rader
Nightwood Editions
9780889712232, $16.95, www.nightwoodeditions.com

A child can radically change one's life, and that is the case for accomplished and award winning poet Matt Rader. "Living Things" is his reflections on the world after the birth of his first daughter. Bringing a certain gentle kindness to a hostile world, the lyrical verse of "Living Things" is entertaining all the way through. Highly recommended for community library poetry collections and poetry lovers in general. "The Worm Compost": Tonight, in the black box of our storage closet/a lack box of plastic records our eating habits/ in a soggy thresh of newsprint, an exquisite text/ of worms and leaves and PH balance you upset/once every couple months to parse our future/through clues in the much: cairns of sheep shit/or entrails in a soothsayer's dish, you predict a parliament of annelids to get us back to nature.

Demockracy
Mike Maggio
Plain View Press
PO Box 42255, Austin, TX 78704
9781891386770, $14.95, www.mikemaggio.net

Poetry is not all about beautiful landscapes and romance it can be a tool of political expression as well. "Demockracy" is an anthology of politically motivated poetry from experienced and prolific poet Mike Maggio. His poetry carries out his views on the world and his ideas for a brighter future with brilliant wording. "Demockracy" is highly recommended for community library poetry collections and for poetry lovers seeking poetry with a stronger message. "Shoptalk": The time has come to talk./ There's a riot from 9 to 5/ the buildings are looting the street.// Can't you think of something else?/ the birds are dying to sing./ Take the subway/ see for yourself/ the music is deafening/ the sky is a distant place.

A Matinee in Plato's Cave
Rob Griffith
Water Press and Media
2004 Whitebridge Road, Argyle, TX 76226
0974452467, $12.95

Professor of English and prolific poet Rob Griffith makes his debut with his own anthology of poetry in "A Matinee in Plato's Cave", a set of poems focusing on the human experience instead of the nature and environmental element so many poetry collections take on. With poems focusing on all aspects of humanity, "A Matinee in Plato's Cave" is a moving collection indeed, recommended for community library poetry collections. Leaving by Train: The platform, long and black against the green/Surrounding hills, shines with pools of rain/That cast back the clearing sky in cold, Uncertain blues. Alone, he stands and waits,//The quiet morning gone, the 10:15/A dream of steel and light not yet arrived. Though barely spring, delphinium and rue/Burst along the verge, their crowbar roots//Crowding every fissure, every crease and fold, He wonders why his heart, a paper hive/Long empty,/remains immune to change/While the whole prismatic world dissolves. The shoots/Of Tulips tremble in the breeze, still freighted/with rain. He shuts his eyes against the view.


The Health/Medicine Shelf

Menstruation Made Easy
J. Amore
Moorestown Publishing Company
PO Box 40394, Indianapolis, IN 46240
9780979905896, $19.95, www.formenonlyperiod.com

The menstrual cycle, an enigma to all men without a degree in gynecology. "For Men Only! Menstruation Made Easy: Including Menopause Made Simple" is a relationship guide with a humorous twist focusing on the strange time of a month where a man's significant other must deal with this annoying occurrence called the period. Explaining why she's so irritable during these days, and also noting difficulties that menopausal women experience later in life, "For Men Only! Menstruation Made Easy: Including Menopause Made Simple" is an ideal guide for any man who has been burned far too often for being insensitive during Aunt Flo's visit, and for community library relationship collections.

Getting Fit & Staying Fit
Jim Laabs
First American Publishing
7606 Lindemann Trail, Madison, WI 53719
9780976759911, $14.95, www.firstamericanpublishing.com

The human body begins to stop caring physically around 40 the problem is, however, is that the mind still cares. "Getting Fit & Staying Fit: In Your 40s, 50s, and Beyond" is a diet and exercise manual aimed at those saddled with the metabolic slowdown of middle age. Focusing on the needs of people of advancing age, "Getting Fit & Staying Fit" is a complete and comprehensive guide anyone over 40 should acquire. A top pick for community library fitness collections.

Life Regained
Gino Tutera
SottoPelle Marketing Group
5410 N. Scottsdale Road, #B200, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
9780980143102, $22.95, www.sottopelletherapy.com

Age happens, and menopause and andropause come with it. "Life Regained: The Real Solution to Managing Menopause and Andropause" is a look at recent developments in hormonal therapy that can help men and woman who have reached an age where everything has slowed down to recapture that spark of youth. Sure to brighten the many a midlife, "Life Regained: The Real Solution to Managing Menopause and Andropause" is a top pick for anyone who doesn't want to sit back and take it, and for community library health collections.

Beating Gout
Victor Konshin
Ayerware Publishing
PO Box 1098, Williamsville, NY 14321
9780981662442, $21.95, www.ayerware.com

Gout is a common disease, well understood by today's modern medical professionals but far too many of those afflicted fail to receive proper treatment. "Beating Gout: A Sufferer's Guide to Living Pain Free" is a complete and comprehensive guide for those who have gout, covering how they can overcome the day to day pain how to prevent the condition from leading to something far worse. Using up to date research, and offering recommendations to help stop gout attacks before they happen, "Beating Gout: A Sufferer's Guide to Living Pain Free" is a top pick for long term sufferers and for community library health collections.


The Aviation Shelf

Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book
Flynt Whitlock & Terry L. Barnhart
Cable Publishing
14090 E Keinenen Rd, Brule, WI 54820
9781934980439, $17.95, www.cablepublishing.com

Far before it became the quickest way to get around, aviation was a renegade industry filled with thrill seekers. "Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book: How Barnstormer & Aviation Pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen Made the Skies Safer for Everyone" is a look at the man who began to take steps to bring the industry away from the daredevil and deliver it to the mass consumer. The tale of a former aviation daredevil turned practical, "Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book: How Barnstormer & Aviation Pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen Made the Skies Safer for Everyone" is a riveting story for aviation fans and community library aviation collections alike.


The Travel Shelf

Looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul
Sang-Hun Choe and Christopher Torchia
Infini Press
1120 Avenue of the Americas, Fouth Floor, New York, NY 10036
9781932457032, $16.95 www.infinipress.com

Pulitzer prize-winning Associated Press team member Sang-Hun Choe and former Associated Press of Korea bureau chief Christopher Torchia present Looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul: A Guide to Korean Expressions, a solid guide to Korean idioms that reveals how inextricably close Korea's language and culture are linked. Teaching the reader about explanations of famous characters, myths, and aspects of culture throughout Korean history, Looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul is enthusiastically recommended as supplemental preparatory reading for anyone planning a trip to the Land of Morning Calm. A total of over 800 expressions grouped into 14 themes fill this excellent introduction to the Korean way of looking at the world.

Smart Packing for Today's Traveler, third edition
Susan Foster
Smart Travel Press
PO Box 25514, Portland, OR 97298-0514
9780970219671, $19.95, www.smartpacking.com

Traveling light is a luxury that some travelers simply deem impossible. Now in its third edition, "Smart Packing for Today's Traveler" is a guide for those on the road who don't want to take their entire closet. With advice on proper preparation and packing for every trip, how to be prepared for the worst while expecting the best, and making life at the airport as painless as possible, "Smart Packing for Today's Traveler" is essential for any frequent flyer. A top pick for community library travel collections.

Wanderlust and Lipstick
Beth Whitman
Globe Trekker Press
PO Box 16102, Seattle, WA 98116
9780978728090, $17.95, www.globetrekkerpress.com

No obligations and no one to worry about but oneself the appeal to traveling alone. "Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo" is a complete and comprehensive guide for any woman aspiring a solo trip around the world. Packed with ideas, information, advice, tips on finding one's way and other essential knowledge, "Wanderlust and Lipstick" leaves nothing to guesswork. Highly recommended for community library women's studies and travel collections.


The Money/Finance Shelf

How to Settle Your Debts
Norman H. Perlmutter
Cre-Debt Publications
25 Kilmer Drive, Ste 102, Morganville, NJ 07751
9780979748301, $18.95

When the debt piles up, the temptation to file for bankruptcy grows ever greater. "How to Settle Your Debts: Without Committing Financial Suicide" is a guide to resisting the temptation to hit that panic button, and to get out of debt without going bankrupt. With advice on ceasing the harassment from debtors, acquiring leverage, and how to tell when it's okay to ignore a debt, "How to Settle Your Debts" is an ideal book for anyone with serious money problems. Highly recommended for community library finance collections.

Smarter Investing in Any Economy
Micheal J. Carr
W&A Publishing
PO Box 849, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
9781934354056, $39.95, www.w-apublishing.com

Smart investment is more than buying low and selling high. "Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing" is a guide for small time investors looking to increase their income and be more like the big time investors. Offering advice with the potential to double readers' income while cutting the risks they take in half, and with the optimistic view that something is always improving and going up even during a recession, "Smart Investing in Any Economy" is an ideal guide for any investor. Highly recommended for community library finance collections.


The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

In Search of the True Light
Mike Shreve
Deeper Revelation Books
PO Box 4260, Cleveland, TN 37320
9780942507737, $19.99, www.deeperrevelationbooks.org

Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism... where does it all lead? "In Search of the True Light" is a guide looking at the world's religions as a whole, comparing over twenty of them and revealing their common elements. Could all faiths possibly lead to a single, all-knowing God, just calling him different names? An expert study, "In Search of the True Light" is highly recommended for community library religious collections.

Why We Left Islam
Susan Crimp & Joel Richardson, editors
WND Books
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10011
9780979267109, $25.95, www.wndbooks.com

With the recent rise of radical Islam, it's no surprise that some ex-Muslims have gotten fed up with their faith. "Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out" looks at these rebels, who speak with great detail about why they departed their ancestral faith. An examination of how Islam as a whole is in serious need of a reformation to purge the fundamentalists doing so much damage to it, "Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out" is a seminal contribution to any community library religion collection.

Seeing True
Ronald Chapman
Ozark Mountain Publishing
PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740
9781886940802, $13.50, www.ozarkmt.com

What is the truth? What truly matters? "Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days" strives to help readers answer those questions instead of blindly lying to themselves and following whatever happens to guide them at that time. Discussing countless topics such as love, the difference between right and wrong, dealing with pain, and more, "Seeing True" is a solid guide to finding what really matters. Highly recommended for community library spirituality collections.

Finding Your Soul
Thayer White
Purple Paradox Press
1854 Hendersonville Rd. #240, Asheville, NC 28803
9780964337558, $17.95

Feeling content with oneself something so many people reach for but so often fail to achieve. "Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze" is a guide for those who wish to attempt the New Age Spirituality path to contentment. Promoting how to align one's mind with the soul's desires, attain peace of mind, and warning what to avoid to prevent the creation of roadblocks in one's path, "Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze" is a deftly written guide for followers of New Age and for community library spirituality collections.

Transcendent Dreaming
Christina Donnell
Winds of Change Books
1313 Fifth Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Blessingway Author's Services (publicity)
134 East Lupita Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
9780980181029, $12.95, www.blessingway.com

Dreams have long been an enigma to mankind. "Transcendent Dreaming: Stepping into Our Human Potential" is author and psychologist Christina Donnel's look at dreams and their transcendent qualities. Advising readers to enter their own dreams to use them to find what they truly want and need in life, "Transcendent Dreaming" is an ideal book for anyone trying to complete their own spirituality. Highly recommended for community library spirituality collections.

Spending God's Money, fourth edition
Mary Kinney Branson
Father's Press
9780977940769, $19.95, www.fatherspress.com

The money in the collection plate is supposed to help the church, right? Now in its fourth edition, "Spending God's Money: Extravagance and Misuse in the Name of the Ministry" is a look at the scandal and misspending of the faithful and other 'charities' gone wrong, focusing especially on churches that have grown in size over the years, with the heads of these 'non-profit' organizations living as well as heads of multi-billion dollar corporations. An in-depth look to where the charity money all goes, "Spending God's Money: Extravagance and Misuse in the Name of the Ministry"is highly recommended for community library religious studies collections.


The Christian Studies Shelf

Disturbing Questions
Ron Bourque
Father's Press
9780979539404, $17.50, www.fatherspress.com

Roe v. Wade a controversial topic in all of America. But could it have more supernatural consequences? "Disturbing Questions: Has God Stopped Blessing America?" is a look at the spiritual aspect of American politics as viewed by a devoutly religious man. Claiming that many of America's current woes such as outsourcing and natural disasters comes from the acceptance of legalized abortion, the message found in "Disturbing Questions", while intriguing to fundamentalist Christian readers, will prove unpalatable to those of a more secular world view. "Disturbing Questions: Has God Stopped Blessing America?" is a top pick for community library Christian collections.

Raised from the Dead
Richard L. Madison
Deeper Revelation Books
PO Box 4260, Cleveland, TN 37320
Anchor Distributors (distributor)
1030 Hunt Valley, Cir, New Kensington, PA 15068
9780942507430, $13.95, www.deeperrevelationbooks.org

Clinically dead. There's no coming back from something like that, is there? For Richard Madison, there was. "Raised from the Dead: A True Account" is Madison's tale of his fatal car accident; his family was told to make the proper arrangements. But God had another plan for him, and less than three months later he was back on his feet. His story about the accident seeks to impart wisdom to readers on how to listen to God's words, overcome inner darkness, and recover from grave injuries, all with faith in the Lord. "Raised from the Dead: A True Account" is an inspirational story, highly recommended for community library Christian collections.

God's Love in the End Times
Warren R. Angel
Magnus Press
PO Box 2666, Carlsbad, CA 92018
9780972486965, $13.95, www.magnuspress.com

Doubt is something that fills everyone's lives at some point. "God's Love in the End Times" is author Warren R. Angel's attempt to encourage his readers to at least flush their doubt in God out of their hearts. Asserting that no true believer in God will be left behind when Jesus returns once more, and that God is not a deity to be feared but rather to be loved, "God's Love in the End Times" is an inspirational novel for any denomination of Christianity, and a top pick for Christian studies collections.

The Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective
Alain Epp Weaver & Gerald J. Mast
Cascadia
126 Klingerman Road, Telford, PA 18969
9781931038492, $27.95, www.cascadiapublishinghouse.com

What separates the Anabaptists from most other Christian sects? "The Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective" is a collection of essays assembled to celebrate the name of J. Denny Weaver. Giving the Anabaptist perspective on Jesus' life and work from his days as a mortal man as recorded in the scripture, the church, and its effect on the world as a whole, "The Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective" is highly recommended for Christian Studies collections and anyone who wants to learn about the Anabaptists in general.

Love's Pure Light
Mark Wm. Radecke
CSS Publishing Company
517 S. Main Street, Lima, OH, 45804
9780788025594, $7.95, www.csspub.com

Light the opposite of darkness and a key metaphor for Christianity. "Love's Pure Light: Christmas Candlelight Sermons and Service" is a compilation of sermons on the topic delivered at Susquehanna University between 1997 and 2006 on Christmas Eve, in celebration of the yearly holiday and the light of Christ. A seminal collection, "Love's Pure Light: Christmas Candlelight Sermons and Service" is a top pick for community library Christian collections and anyone who needs a little more light in their life.


The Science Shelf

Coming to Life
Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
Kales Press
7031 Columbine Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
9780979845604, $17.95, www.kalespress.com

Genetics are what dictate the physical development of every living thing on the planet. "Coming to Life: How Genes Drive Development" is a scholarly and educational text seeking to explain in plain terms how complex plants and animals spring from seemingly simple egg and sperm cells. An ideal way to understand genetics enhanced with over fifty hand drawn illustrations, "Coming to Life: How Genes Drive Development" is highly recommended for community library science collections.

N-Body Gravitational Problem
Karel Havel
Grevyt Press
PO Box 51015, Brampton, ON, Canada, L6T 5M2
9780968912058, $14.95, www.grevytpress.com

There are some concepts that are so complex that even the most learned of minds fail to grasp them. "N-Body Gravitational Problem: Unrestricted Solution" attempts to solve the unsolvable by offering a possible solution to one of the most controversial and debated topics in modern physics the N-body gravitational problem. Claimed by Isaac Newton as simply incomprehensible to the human mind, this problem has baffled the world for over three centuries. Offering a new way of exploring the problem, "N-Body Gravitational Problem: Unrestricted Solution" is highly recommended for community library physics collections.


The Literary Shelf

Hot Apple Cider
N.J. Lindquist & Wendy Elaine Nelles, editors
That's Life! Communications
PO Box 487, Markham, ON L3P 3R1
9780978496302, $15.99, www.hotapplecider.ca

A cup of hot apple cider can do more than warm one up after being out in the cold it can be very soothing, which is the aim of "Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Hear and Warm the Soul". A collection of short stories, poetry, and wisdom seeking to heal and mend the soul of the reader after difficult and stressful situations, "Hot Apple Cider" offers nearly 300 pages of enlightenment. "Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul" is highly recommended for community library collections dedicated to literary anthologies.

Oh Baby
Kim Chinquee
Revenna Press Books
2910 E. 57th Ave. Ste. 10B-310, Spokane, WA 99223
9780979192180, $13.95, www.ravennapress.com

Life is an endless chain of failure and success. "Oh Baby" is an anthology of entertaining flash fiction and vividly descriptive, lyrical poems by author Kim Chinquee as she speaks about her life, her relationships, her childhood, and her family and the success and failure found in them all. A charming book through and through, "Oh Baby" is a must for poetry lovers and community library poetry collections.


The Black Studies Shelf

While African Americans Slept
Dr. Lenton Aikins
Zit Publishers
16654 Soledad Canyon Road #265, Canyon Country, CA 91387-3217
9780980159400, $14.95, www.zitpub.com

The rap culture, hip hop meaningless things in the bleak overall picture of the black race in America. "While African Americans Slept: Leadership by Parasites" is an examination of the modern cultural elements in America through several chapters on a topic by topic basis, speaking on such topics as Diversity, Parenting, Assimilation, Racism, and the main topic the failure of leadership in Black America after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. A deft examination of the American culture, "While African Americans Slept: Leadership by Parasites" is a top pick for community library black studies collections.


The Parenting Shelf

Somebody's Always Hungry
Juliet Mylanwy Johnson
Nell Books
c/o Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
9620 Clybourn Avenue, Sun Valley, CA 91352
9781932279870, $15.00, www.wymacpublishing.com www.somebodysalwayshungry.com

Caring for a very young child is there no more hectic job? "Somebody's Always Hungry: Essays on Motherhood" is a collection of essays and anecdotes on motherhood by mother Juliet Johnson, about dealing with the always hungry, always full of energy little people that are their children between the ages of zero and five. Seeking to give crazed parents comfort when the rest of their day simply won't, "Somebody's Always Hungry" offers tales harried caretakers can relate to and sympathize with. Highly recommended for community library parenting collections.

Kids' Acting for Brain Surgeons
No Author listed
Holly Wood OS Directory
3108 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
9781893899230, $27.50, www.hollywoodOS.com

How does one get their child into show business? It's not like the Olsen Twins were monuments of talent as infants on Full House. "Kids' Acting for Brain Surgeons" is a complete and comprehensive guide to how to get one's child into the cut throat world of acting where everyone is out to make a buck, and is not above lying to people to do so. Covering all aspects on how child actors get started, auditions, professionalism, shady agents, and other topics, "Kids' Acting for Brain Surgeons" is highly recommended for community library collections dedicated to cinema and TV.


The Music Shelf

Making Notes
Ann Wicker, editor
Novello Festival Press
310 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
9780615159690, $22.95, www.novellopress.org

The states of North and South Carolina have a great musical history that is often overlooked. "Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas" is a complete and comprehensive look at the rich musical heritage that the Carolinas brought to the Americas. Featuring interviews with the music players and creators who hail from these states, "Making Notes" is another look at the genres that the Carolinas have made so famous. "Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas" is highly recommended for community library music collections and for any who want to see another aspect of American music history.


The Real Estate Shelf

Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms, third edition
Damien Abbot
Delta Alpha Publishing
35 Ash Drive, Kimball, MI 48074-4401
9780966894646, $165.00, www.deltaalpha.com

Complete and comprehensive never have those words rung truer than when one looks at "Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms". With well over 1,500 pages of information on the real estate game, "Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms" is composed and compiled by Damien Abbot, a man who has been involved in three billion dollars worth of real estate transactions during his globe-spanning, over forty year career. Now in its third edition, "Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms" is a must for anyone getting into the world of real estate, and an invaluable reference for any seasoned agent who wants to stay on top of the game. "Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms" is highly recommended for community library Real-Estate and reference collections.

The Venus Approach to Real-Estate Investing
SA Philipp and Barbara Heil-Sonneck
The Sternthaler Group
2451 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 3602, Atlanta, GA 30339
9780981482507, $19.95, www.venusapproach.com

The field of real estate can be a very profitable one, but what of women in the field? "The Venus Approach to Real-Estate Investing: America's Most Successful Women Real-Estate Investors Reveal It All: Trade Secrets, Stiletto Methods, and Motherly Love" is a compilation of stories and anecdotes from these agents as they tell their tales and give advice to any woman who is looking to break into the field. Answering many common questions about the difference between men and women in the field, getting fired, and how to succeed, "The Venus Approach to Real-Estate Investing" is a top pick for community library real estate collections.


The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

A Lifetime in Time
Timothy John Vaulato
Lokante & Mooshlock Publishing
PO 5898, Elgin, IL 60121-5989
9780979898105, $17.95 www.alifeintime.com

The heroes of the world are not supposed to forget their medication and fail Algebra. "A Lifetime in Time" follows Traven as he finds himself the Master of All Time. Overcome with his new job title, he has to work with an assassin in order to save everyone he loves and cares for from certain death. A coming of age novel with more than a few twists, "A Lifetime in Time" is a top pick for community library fantasy and science fiction collections.

Ivan of Aldenuri
J.P. Foncea
CBH Books
60 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
9781598350586, $19.99, www.cbhbooks.com

A game of hide and seek gone awry and the prize is a medallion giving its wearer the power of flight. "Ivan of Aldenuri: The Forest of the Taurocs" is a fantasy following Ivan as his village is attacked and he is kidnapped. If that wasn't enough, creatures called Taurocs, which in legend have destroyed everything around them, have appeared in the forests he calls home. With overwhelming odds against him, Ivan tries to everything he can to escape and save his village. A deftly composed fantasy, "Ivan of Aldenuri: The Forest of the Taurocs" is a top pick for community library fantasy collections and lovers of the genre in general.

The Cube Root of Time
Herbert Cohen
BeWrite Books
1905202245, $16.99, www.bewrite.net

The CIA's greatest secret what could it be? "The Cube Root of Time" follows the story of Ira Lowenstien, who discovers a way to travel through time, and yearns to use this new power to uncover a family secret. But there are those who have far more hostile intentions for such a groundbreaking invention. "The Cube Root of Time" is a deftly written thriller with elements of science fiction, highly recommended for community library thriller collections and lovers of the genre.

Accuser of the Brethren
Tee Michaels
Covenant Signature Publishing
TCI Smith Publicity (publicist)
230 Park Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10169
096785749X, $14.97, www.covpub.com

How can everything go so wrong so quickly when it was going right for so long? Inspired by a true story, "Accuser of the Brethren" is horror novel following Celeste Tyler as she finally gets her life together, only for a madman to begin to tear her world apart, with plans to tear her apart as well or so she fears. With no one but a stranger to seek aid from, what is Celeste to do? "Accuser of the Brethren" is highly recommended for community library horror fantasy collections and for fans of the genre.


The Sports Shelf

The Story Behind the Glory
Bill Cairo
Turano-Zimmerman Publishing
6116 Jordan Drive, Loveland, CO 80537
9780977760534, $14.00, www.pubtz.com

So many modern proverbs muttered in common speech come from the world of sports. But what are their origins, and what do they really mean? "The Story Behind the Glory: Winning Quotes from Sports Greats on the Game of Life" is a look at the history of various sports greats, their quotes, and how their wisdom is applied to what's really important life. Doubling as book of wisdom and a book of trivia, sports fanatics of all walks will find something to love, making "The Story Behind the Glory: Winning Quotes from Sports Greats on the Game of Life" highly recommended for community library sports collections.

Fantasy Football Guidebook
Sam Hendricks
VBW Publishing
PO Box 9949, College Station, TX 77842
9781602640207, $19.95, www.fantasyfootballguidebook.com

Fantasy Football has been a major pastime for football fans and those who dream to be a coach. "Fantasy Football Guidebook: Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football" is a complete and comprehensive strategy guide for those who have taken a liking to the game and want to get an edge on their opponents. Covering the history of the concept alongside the strategies, "Fantasy Football Guidebook: Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football" is an ideal gift for any fantasy football player and recommended for community library sports collections.


The Language Studies Shelf

Cool Things Happen When You Speak a Foreign Language
William B. Gallagher & Chistopher J. Gallagher
Willow Gate Press
PO Box 86, 248 Route 25A, East Setauket, NY 11733
9781930008083, $14.50, www.willowgatepress.com

Most of the world doesn't speak English and they have plenty of fascinating things to speak of. "Cool Things Happen When You Speak a Foreign Language" is not a normal foreign language teaching guide, but instead a guide focusing on the why people should try to learn a new language all. Education in a new language can become quite adventurous! For a new spin on learning foreign languages, "Cool Things Happen When You Speak a Foreign Language" is a top pick for community library collections.


The Mythology/Folklore Shelf

The World Behind the World
Michael Meade
Greenfire Press
c/o Mosaic Multicultural Foundation
4218 1/2 SW Alaska, Suite H, Seattle, WA 98116
9780976645061, $17.95, www.mosaicvoices.org

Is there wisdom for the modern world to be found in the ancient world's myths and legends? There is, claims author Michael Meade in "The World Behind the World: Living at the Ends of Time". Examining the ancient world of mythology to use as a commentary on the modern world, and providing insights that many readers would have never connected before, "The World Behind the World: Living at the Ends of Time" is a deftly researched and recommended piece of writing. An ideal acquisition for academic and community library Cultural History and Mythology reference collections and supplemental reading lists.


The Islamic Studies Shelf

A Worthy Muslim
Amir Makin
AIC Publications
PO Box 152672, Arlington, TX 76015
9780979946400, $15.95, www.aicpublications.com

Does the solution to fixing Islam's current problems lie within the Quran itself? "A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice" is a treatise written by author Amir Makin, preaching that the solutions to the problems that the Muslim world experiences can be repaired if Muslims would only look more closely at what the Quran truly states. With other controversial viewpoints, such as the potential claim that Islam is not in fact a religion, "A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice" is highly thought-provoking and recommended for community library Islamic studies collections as well as for any student of Islam looking for fresh insights.


The Political Science Shelf

International Justice and Impunity
Nils Andersson, Daniel Iagolnitzer, & Diana G. Collier
Clarity Press, Inc.
Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30305
9780932863577, $21.95, www.claritypress.com

Has the United States been ignoring international law? "International Justice and Impunity: The Case of the United States" claims so. Recent American acts in the middle east are skirting the Geneva Conventions and even inducing the torture of prisoners a black mark on the country that used to be the champion of the United Nations. A scholarly work with contributions from people in various levels of the government and from around the world, "International Justice and Impunity: The Case of the United States" is highly recommended for community library International Studies and Political Science collections.


The Economics Shelf

How Much Money Does an Economy Need?
Hunter Lewis
Axios Press
PO Box 118, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
9780975366271, $17.00, www.axiospress.com

More is better when it comes to money, right? "How Much Money Does an Economy Need? Solving the Central Economic Puzzle of Money, Prices, and Jobs" takes an interesting approach, saying that some of the negatives that the economy experiences such as high unemployment, layoffs, and bust cycles are a necessary evil for overall success. A strange sort of wisdom but wisdom nonetheless, "How Much Money Does an Economy Need? Solving the Central Economic Puzzle of Money, Prices, and Jobs" is recommended for its alternative point of view.


The Women's Studies Shelf

Riding Shotgun
Kathryn Kysar, editor
Borealis Books
345 Kellog Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
9780873516143, $24.95, www.borealisbooks.org

There is no bigger influence in a girl's life than her mother. "Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers" is an anthology of twenty-one pieces from women writers discussing the enigmas that are their mothers. Be it simple wisdom such as cooking or skill to win at scrabble every single time, these stories of mothers are heartwarming and charming, and will bring a smile to the face of any reader. "Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers" is deftly compiled and highly recommended for community library women's studies collections.

Was My Mother Schizophrenic?
Renee Cote
Wise Woman Press
2850 NW Cedar Hills Blvd, #65, Beaverton, OR 97005
9780945385127, $24.95, www.wisewomanpress.com

Raising children is joked about as being a job that could drive a woman mad but what if one is mad to begin with? "Was My Mother Schizophrenic? A Search for Truth" is a daughter's reflections on her mother's three decades of life inside a psychiatric hospital. Her mother was labeled as a schizophrenic; author Renee wants to know if this was true, and struggles to connect with a mother that she never really knew. "Was My Mother Schizophrenic? A Search for Truth" is a top pick for many women who are in similar situations and for community library women's studies collections.


The Antiques/Collectibles Shelf

Walking Liberty Half Dollars
Jeff Ambio
Zyrus Press
PO Box 17810, Irvine, CA 92623
9781933990170, $29.95, www.zyruspress.com

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is a work of art from the United States mint. "Walking Liberty Half Dollars" is a complete and comprehensive guide for coin collectors looking to focus their collection around this charming piece. Examining every detail of the coin such as luster, auctions, and how many are left in today's circulation, "Walking Liberty Half Dollars" is a top pick for hobbyists and for community library collections seeking their patronage.


The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, new edition
Joseph Peterson, editor
Ibis Press
PO Box 540206, Lake Worth, FL 33454-0206
9780892541300, $55.00, www.ibispress.net

A look at the history of magic and those who have practiced it in the Kabbalistic tradition that is what "The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses" offers to its readers. Exploring the Kabbalah and Talmud as magical texts as well as quoting other noted sources such as Albertus Magnus, Trithemus, and more, "The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses" is a complete and comprehensive guide to anyone who wants a better understanding of the esoteric history of the world. In this new edition, author Joseph Peterson seeks to clear up previously confused elements to a more clear form, much easier to understand. "The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses" is a top pick for metaphysical studies shelves and for any follower of the art.


The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

The Unforgiving Eye
Beth Andrews
Robert Hale
9780709085720, $37.22, www.halebooks.com

An aristocrat is found dead and a stablehand's life is on the line. "The Unforgiving Eye" follows John and Lydia Savidage as they try to uncover the murderer of Sir Bendict Stanbury. Everyone seems to be a suspect and everyone seems to have done it. How does one find the culprit when no one appears remotely innocent? A treat for mystery fans everywhere, "The Unforgiving Eye" is highly recommended for community library mystery collections.

Super Detective
John Grange
Off Trail Publications
2036 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, CA 95012
9780978683696, $18.00

It's hard to beat a two for one special. "Super Detective: An Off-Trail Flip Book" is a combination of two old school pulp novels by John Grange. 'Murder's Migrants' and 'Legion of Robots' follow so-called 'Super Detective' Jim Anthony as he faces all sorts of antagonists in good old-fashioned, fast-paced and fun pieces of writing. "Super Detective: An Off-Trail Flip Book" is a top pick for anyone seeking a bit of nostalgia for older pulpy novels and for community library mystery collections.

Unholy Domain
Dan Ronco
Kunati
6901 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 150, Largo, FL 33777
9781601640215, $24.95, www.kunati.com

Technology has been both the savior and destroyer of millions of lives. "Unholy Domain" is the tale of a computer virus that was the destroyer, and its aftermath. David Brown is the son of the virus' supposed creator; as the world begins to fall apart, he tries to clear his father's name, thinking that the virus was not as responsible as it was pointed out. Faced with threats from religious fanatics as well as those trying to restore the world to its technological state, "Unholy Domain" is a gripping thriller all the way through. Highly recommended for community library thriller collections.

Fatal Encryption
Debra Purdy Kong
Gypsy Moon Press
3313 Henry Street, Port Moody, B.C., Canada, V3H 2K4
9780969921110, $19.95, www.debrapurdykong.com

Held hostage for ten million dollars only Alex Bellamy can save the company from giving into the demands and going bankrupt. "Fatal Encryption" is the story of a sudden murder and its strange link to McKinley's department store in which Alex agreed to assist, believing that the murder and the ransom plot against the store's computer information are connected somehow. He must find the connection, the killer, and the extortionist or face unemployment, among other unpleasantness. A riveting mystery, "Fatal Encryption" is highly recommended for community library mystery collections.

Sleuth Slayer
Jeffery B. Burton & Bruce W. Burton
Pocol Press
6023 Pocol Drive, Clifton, VA 20124
9781929763320, $17.95, www.pocolpress.com

"Poetic injustice" is a term one could use. Mystery writers begin to turn up dead, and a mystery sits on who is responsible. "Sleuth Slayer" follows Guy Davitt, a lesser known mystery writer who notices the pattern of the mystery writers turning up dead from methods are pulled right out of their novels. Faced with the disbelief from law enforcement, and the entanglement of bureaucracy as he himself realizes that he may be a target, Guy must unravel the mystery before he joins his fellow practitioners of the mystery writing craft. "Sleuth Slayer" is a top pick for community library mystery collections and for mystery fans in general.


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